Nicknamed ‘the Crystal Ball of Pop’ Interview magazine was established in October 1969, initially to review films. In his usual evasive and ironic fashion, Andy Warhol (1928–87) gave various accounts of the reason for the birth of Interview: it was to give his younger Factory friends ‘something to do’, or to contribute to his already active social life. (Warhol once commented, “I have a social disease. I have to go out every night”.)
Andy Warhol ‘Altered Image’ series 1981
Interview magazine cover, April 1996
The monthly magazine gradually morphed from an underground newsletter to a full-scale, large-format publication involving many talented photographers, editors and authors. Under Warhol’s casual direction, the magazine was pioneering in its bright, Pop-inspired format and in identifying underground cultures.
In the late 1970s, as Warhol frequented the Studio 54 nightclub along with other members of the international jet set, Interview became increasingly gossipy and sensationalist. Politicians, filmmakers, rock stars, fashion designers, literary figures and socialites — from Warhol himself to Mick Jagger, Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and then First Lady, Nancy Reagan — appeared on the cover or within the magazine’s pages. Many of its interviews were between celebrities, in a question-and-answer form, providing intimate and often humorous insights.
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A selection of Interview magazines, including the first editions are on display in the QAGOMA Research Library until 6 November 2020 to coincide with the exhibition ‘Cut It: Collage to Meme’ featuring Andy Warhol’s ‘Ladies and gentlemen’ portfolio.
‘Cut It’ contemplates our voracious consumption of images, to show how artists have redeployed the meaning of images through the enduring techniques of collage, montage and sampling. Using the lenses of news reporting and entertainment media, the artworks are cropped and altered pictures from newspapers, popular movies, the internet and art history, bringing together disparate images to express new ideas.
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Featured image detail: Interview magazine, April 1996, New York